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Deft here means to have skill or good technique; the player has a very good left foot. It is often used to describe something good or beautiful in football.
Other collocations with deft include:
- a deft touch
- a deft through ball / deft pass
Any more collocations with deft?
According to this BBC Learning website you can use the singular or plural verb form with some collective nouns such as ‘team’.
They suggest that when you talk about a team as an impersonal group then the singular form is often used (the team is…); while if you see the team as a group of individual players then the plural form is used (Spurs are playing well…).
Here are some examples from today’s Guardian football page:
a. ‘It’s reasonably easy to understand why a team gets caught on a break…’
b. ‘PSG have known for weeks about Ancelotti’s desire to join Madrid and they have been engaged in a …’
c. ‘Real have not hidden their desire to sign Bale…’
Yes, there is definitely a sense of surprise and speed involved. A possible synonym could be ‘pounce’?
Example: ‘The team pounced to sign the player’ suggests that he transfer happened before any other team could react.
- A swoop here means a transfer; to buy a player.
- to ply his trade means to work or in this case to play for a team
- In possession means to have the ball
scouts = These are people employed by a club to look at other teams or players. In the example above, Liverpool are probably interested in a couple of players and have sent their scouts to check them out. More examples on this word here
fielding = Here the word ‘field’ is used as a verb – to field – and means that he was played or selected (‘…selecting/fielding Ibsen…).
all the action= This phrase here simply refers to the match, i.e. all of the match action that will take place.
Hope that helps
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